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Abigail Bishop, Ph.D.

Abigail Bishop

Assistant Professor

Office: Spellman Hall, Second Floor, Room 206B
Phone: (914) 637-2720
Email: abishop@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Mathematics, North Carolina State University
MS, Mathematics, North Carolina State University
BS, Mathematics and Secondary Education, Appalachian State University

Dr. Abigail Bishop teaches courses in mathematical thinking, calculus, linear algebra, number theory, geometry, and history of math. Her research interests are in algebra, graph theory, and combinatorics. Dr. Bishop’s current research focuses on involution posets of reflection groups.


Christopher Briscoe, Ph.D.

Christopher Briscoe

Assistant Professor of Physics
Office: Cornelia Hall, 105-C
Email: cbriscoe@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Physics, City College of the City University of New York, 2009
MS, Physics, University of California, San Diego, 2004
BS, Engineering, The Cooper Union, 2001

Dr. Christopher Briscoe teaches courses in calculus, physics, and astronomy. His research interests include applying sophisticated software tools and analytic methods to a spectrum of diverse scenarios in physical security, information security, database integration, data management, and analysis of large data sets.


James E. Carpenter

James E. Carpenter

Professor of Mathematics
Office: Spellman Hall, Second Floor

Phone: (914) 633-2395
Email: jcarpenter@iona.edu
Degrees: Ed.D., Columbia University
MS, Chicago State University
BS, Benedictine University

Dr. James Carpenter teaches courses in mathematical thinking, calculus, linear algebra, number theory, geometry, and history of math. His research interests include the mathematics underlying and beyond the Common Core State Standards, the history of mathematics, and problem solving in the theory of numbers and in geometry.


Benjamin Gaines

Benjamin Gaines

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Office: Spellman Hall, Room 4-206F
Phone: (914) 633-2272
Email: bgaines@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Mathematics, Duke University
BA, Mathematics and Physics, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Benjamin Gaines teaches courses in mathematical thinking, calculus, introduction to proof, differential equations, linear algebra, discrete mathematics, and number theory. His research interests include algebraic geometry, with a focus on toric geometry and mathematical physics; and math education, particularly on questions involving writing in mathematics.


Srilal Krishnan, Ph.D.

Srilal Krishnan

Associate Professor

Office: Spellman Hall, Second Floor
Phone: (914) 633-2398
Email: skrishnan@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 2001.

Dr. Srilal Krishnan teaches courses in mathematical thinking, calculus, abstract algebra, and advanced calculus. His current research interests are in functional analysis and operator algebras and his recent publication and conference presentation involved the Kadison-Singer Conjecture, proved recently by researchers from Yale University.


Robert Lavelle

Robert Lavelle

Assistant Professor
Office: Spellman Hall, Second Floor, Room 206E
Phone: (914) 633-2509
Email: rlavelle@iona.edu
Degrees: MS, Mathematics, University of Illinois
BS, Iona College, 1967

Professor Robert Lavelle teaches courses in mathematical thinking, calculus, probability and statistics, and analysis. He also serves as an academic adviser, moderator for the Tara Knights club, and assistant coach for the track and cross-country team.


Melissa Newell, Ph.D.

Melissa Newell

Assistant Professor

Office: Spellman Hall, Second Floor, Room 206B
Phone: (914) 637-2721
Email: mnewell@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Connecticut
MS, Mathematics, University of Connecticut
BS, Mathematics and Physics, Gordon College

Dr. Melissa Newell teaches courses in mathematical thinking, precalculus, and discrete mathematics. Her research interests include undergraduate mathematics education, specifically quantitative learning centers and the needs of the students who attend.


G. Gregory Selitto, Ph.D.

Gregory Selitto

Chair, Mathematics & Physics Department
Associate Professor


Office: Spellman Hall, Second Floor, Room 4-206E
Phone: (914) 633 - 2397
Email: gselitto@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Columbia University
MS, SUNY Albany
BS, Iona College '80

Dr. Greg Selitto teaches courses in mathematical thinking, calculus, differential equations, discrete mathematics, and probability and statistics.  His research and teaching interests are in the areas of differential and integral calculus, applied calculus, mathematics and economics, and mathematics education.


Margaret Smith, Ph.D.

Margaret Smith

On sabbatical for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Associate Professor

Office: Spellman Hall, Second Floor
Email: msmith@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Delaware
MA, Mathematics, Villanova University
BS, Physical Science – Mathematics Concentration, York College of Pennsylvania

Dr. Margaret Smith teaches courses in mathematics education. Her research examines how teachers plan and implement mathematically rich and engaging lessons. Her current research interests include mathematical problem solving and cross-national comparisons of mathematics teaching. She has worked on several national and international research and development projects, including the TIMSS Video Study, Project 2061 and Algebra Learning for All. Her research has focused on discovering ways to help teachers engage students in critical thinking, reasoning, and problem solving, a focus she brings to her own classroom teaching.


Victor Stanionis, Ph.D.

Victor Stanionis

Professor of Physics

Office: Cornelia Hall, 105-G
Phone: (914) 633-2276
Email: VStanionis@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Columbia University, 1975
MA, Queens College
MS, New York University
BS, Iona College

Dr. Victor Stanionis teaches courses in physics and mathematical mechanics. He is the director of the Thomas G. Bullen, CFC, Memorial Lecture Series in Science and Technology.


Faculty Emeriti

Lisa J. Evered, Ph.D.

Student Success - Willow Held-Pistone '19

Willow Held-Pistone

Willow is one of Iona’s Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Research Award recipients, a prestigious award from the Henry Luce Foundation that offers significant support for women in science, mathematics, and engineering.

“I don't think I would have ever gotten the same opportunities and experiences at any other school.”

Read more on Willow's success at Iona.